From the monthly archives: "September 2005"
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what is this bug?
I live in Hawaii and these are everywhere, including my house. But I see two kinds and I am wondering which this one is. So are my students. This one is record size.
Thanks so much

Hi Alisha,
Beautiful photo of a Centipede. All we can say is it is a Tropical Centipede in the Order Scolopendromorpha. We can also say it is very impressive and wish you said exactly how large it is.

Update: (01/20/2008) Two Centipedes
Regarding centipedes, … Also those from the Hawaiian Islands are Scolopendra subspinipes Leach, 1815, which was brought to the Hawaiian Islands by Polynesians in at least the early 1800s, as they were recorded from there in 1832 or so, at which time they were called the ” Sandwich Islands .”
Rowland Shelley
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

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Mystery Insect
I found this insect while camping in the desert in southeastern California. Its colored exactly like the rock formations in that area. I caught it on a fence post in April of 2004 but it died on the way home. I’ve been collecting insects since I was 5 but I can’t figure out what this is. I thought it might be an immature cricket (without jumping legs!?). The specimen in the pic is 1/2 an inch long and had antennae that were about as long as the body and similar to a cricket’s. Please help. Thanx for any info.
Myke Miazio
San Diego,CA

Hi Myke,
This is a relative of Walkingsticks known as a Timema. They are found in the west and feed on oaks, ceanothus and firs.

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My son keeps finding these beetles in the woods under trees or under hay. I’m curious to know what do they eat? How long do they live? Do they carry germs? And What’s this beetle called? We love to look and play with them. They even have horns and fight each other.

Hi Sheri,
This is a Patent Leather Beetle, Odontotaenius disjunctus. It is from the Bessbug Family Passalidae. They are related to Stag Beetles and the most fascinating thing about them is that they live in colonies. Adults and larvae live together in galleries inside tree stumps and rotting logs. Adults chew decaying wood and feed the larvae. They make a squeeking sound when disturbed by rubbing their wings against their backs. The larvae can also make sounds by scraping their legs against their bodies. This beetle was formerly known as Popilius disjunctus. They do not carry germs that can be passed to people.

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caterpillar hunter beetle
I thought you might enjoy this photo I took of the Caterpillar Hunter Beetle enjoying a meal!
Deb from SE PA

Hi Deb,
Awesome image of a Calosoma scrutator earning its common name Caterpillar Hunter.

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My girlfriend and I were at Amicoloa State Park in North Georgia when we saw this beauty! Not quite sure what it is though. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Jacob,
We haven’t gotten a photo of a Pandora Sphinx Caterpillar, Eumorpha pandorus, in some time.

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beetle larva?
Hello Bugman,
These pictures were taken in Northwest Indiana on Sept. 26th. After searching your site and others, I still haven’t found larvae with this exact coloring. Can you identify this pretty, inch-long larva?
Melinda Z

Hi Melinda,
Nice photos of a Firefly Larva, one of the Lampyrid Beetles. Most people in the east recognize “Lightning Bugs” but few people recognize the larval form.

Thanks for your help identifying the firefly larva. I use your website regularly to ID the little beasties I encounter (most recently the masked hunter! — finally I know what it is!!). When I’m not identifying, I like to browse the pictures of the colorful, beautiful, and sometimes bizarre bug friends we share the planet with. Several of my friends and family are big fans of your site also. Keep up the good work.

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